Nassau Child Support Attorney
Lawyer Helping With Child Support Matters in Nassau
Parents are required by law to provide their children with financial support. In the state of New York, parents can either agree upon the amount of child support to be given or child support may be court-ordered if the parents cannot come to an agreement on their own. Child support is calculated based on the Child Support Standards Act (CSSA) which gives the courts power to increase or decrease child support amounts based upon the special needs of the child.
The court can adjust the amount of child support based on many different factors, including the following:
- If there is a significant discrepancy between the income of both parents.
- The financial resources available to each parent.
- If the non-custodial parent incurs expenses as a result of visitation (if the non-custodial parent lives out of state).
- If one parent receives child support from a previous marriage or relationship.
- Spousal support payments.
In situations where no special circumstances exist, the following percentages may be used to calculate child support amounts:
- 1 child - 17% of combined income
- 2 children - 25% of combined income
- 3 children - 29% of combined income
- 4 children - 31 % of combined income
- 5 children - at least 35% of combined income
Child support payments in Nassau must be provided for shelter, food, clothing, and other expenses that are considered "add-ons" such as medical insurance, medical expenses, extracurricular expenses, expenses related to education, and child care expenses. If you wish to come to an amicable agreement with your spouse through negotiation, or if litigation is more realistic for your situation, a Nassau child support lawyer is your best option to ensure that the best interests of you and your children are protected.For help with child support issues, contact Nassau child support attorney Jay D. Raxenberg today!